The good news first - Bodie's chest is now officially closed!!! One more step down! YAY!
The not so good news is that it didn't go quite as smoothly as we had hoped. He took a dip right after they closed him (his blood pressure dropped, his sats dropped etc.) :-( Our poor guy. So, they put him back on everything they had weaned him off of (the paralytic, the epi, the nitric and the pacemaker) and he seems to be slowly doing better. Our nurse said it's not unusual to have this kind of complication and that something they're doing should help him through the transition. She also said she thinks he's dehydrated and is really hopeful that increasing his blood volume via infusion will help considerably. So he got a blood transfusion as well - and it was a directed donation - which means it was donated by one of our faithful and generous friends who responded to our request for blood and platelets for Bodie!!! Thank you!
So, definitely not the good news we were hoping for (it's so true that having a heart child is two steps forward one step back), but at least they got his chest closed and we're trying to focus on that and remain grateful for that step. Since this is so similar to what happened to Bodie after the surgery, we're hoping it's just how the poor kid's body responds to major changes like this. But we're of course really worried about him - so please send up some extra prayers for him today!
I will update once we know more...